Wednesday, August 15, 2012


This tutorial was written by me on August 14th, 2012. Any resemblance to any other tutorial or tag is unintentional and is pure coincidence. Please do not claim my work as your own and do not post to any other website, blog or forum without permission from me. It is written with the assumption that you have a working knowledge of PSP and its components. It was written for PSP 9.

I recommend that you read through this or any tutorial you are attempting before starting it so you will know what to expect and how to get organized.

As with any of my tutorials when a plugin is required, change only the settings I recommend and leave the others on the default settings.

What you will need to accomplish this tutorial is this fun kit by the amazing Ladyhawwk Designs..LHD_Caron Vinson_Pack 68 that you can purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE.  You can buy the pack of tubes HERE or you can buy the single tube HERE along with all of Caron's tubes.  Please support the arts and DO NOT use Caron's tubes without a license.  Plugins are Xero, Toadies and Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact.  Mask is Weescotclass, WSL_Mask 83 you can find HERE on her site along with the rest of her amazing masks.  Font is 2Peas Beautiful you can download HERE.

Let's do this, ready?

First start a new 700 x 700 white image, you can resize later.  Then copy and paste the little boat, Ele42 into your new image...resize it 75%.  Duplicate it...on the original layer resize the boat again by 50% then go to Effects/Plugins/Toadies/Blast 'em and use these settings:

You will notice it sorta looks like sand...duplicate it twice and move the layers around a bit until you get the achieved look of a pile of sand.  

Go back to your boat layer and grab your Selection tool with a 30% feather.  Select the bottom part of the front of the boat and clear out the edge of the boat..see my image as a reference.  Then with your Raster Deform tool tilt the boat down to the left just a bit to make it appear to be sinking in the sand.

Now go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact and use these settings

 (You can tweak your shadows by moving the nodes around in the preview window. To move one node at a time hold down your CTRL key. It's very important to think about how a shadow would be cast realistically and how dark or how light it should be. This plugin is one of my favorites and one I use with nearly every single one of my tags.)

Next copy and paste your tube on the top of your canvas.  If you need to resize your tube, or for anything you want to resize as a matter of fact, you can always use your Raster Deform tool for precise sizing, this also prevents a lot of the distortion that happens when resizing in percentages.  Once you have her sized and placed go to Effects/Plugins/Xero/Radiance and use these settings:

Now go back to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Perspective Shadow and use the same settings as above...only drag your shadow to the left and down a ways to make her appear to be floating.  Do the same for your fish.

Above your background layer copy and paste paper of choice, I used paper10.  Apply your mask.  Then again using your Selection tool with the same feather select the lower right portion of your mask and clear it.

Copy and paste Ele11 above your mask layer and take the opacity of this layer down to 30%.

Copy and paste the rest of your elements.  For the elements you want to give some depth to use the Perspective shadow you've been using.  For other elements give them a slight drop shadow...I used these settings:

Add your name and your copyright.  Make sure your copyright is legal and legible.  For crisp edges on your fonts your Antialias should be set to Sharp.  For a neat and professional-looking copyright I use pixel or copy fonts.  These fonts look best most of them at size 6 with your Antialias set to Off.  Resize and you're done.

Thank you for trying my tutorial.  I hope you had fun with it and maybe learned something to hone your PSP skills.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about any of my tutorials or for issues with broken links, etc.



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